Times Beach

Name:

Times Beach

County:

St. Louis

Zip Code:

 

Latitude / Longitude:

38°30′31″N 90°36′09″W / 38.50861°N 90.60250°W / 38.50861 -90.60250

Elevation:

 

Time Zone:

Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Comments:

Times Beach is a ghost town in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, 17 miles (27 km) southwest of St. Louis and 2 miles (3 km) east of Eureka.

Remains:

Once home to more than two thousand people, the town was completely evacuated early in 1983 due to a dioxin contamination that made national headlines. It was the largest civilian exposure to dioxin in the country’s history.

Established:

1925

Disestablished:

1983

Current Status:

In 1985, the State of Missouri officially dis-incorporated the city of Times Beach. The site of Times Beach now houses a 419-acre (170 ha) state park commemorating U.S. Route 66—the famous highway that stretched from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California, and passed by the community—as well as the history of the Times Beach area. The park opened in 1999. In 2001, the EPA removed Times Beach from its Superfund list

Remarks:

The story of Times Beach was featured on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, in the episode “Engineering Disasters 20”.

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